TAIWAN - Former Vice President Annette Lu announced her decision to run for Taipei City mayor yesterday, adding that the resolution was meant to be a beneficial deed instead of just a shot at winning the title for her.
Lu said that with a grateful and sincere attitude, she would be inviting the Taiwanese people to participate in the election with her, and endeavour to make Taipei a better capital. Lu made the remarks as a response to public opinion that she would be making a compromise to settle for less in running for mayor, since she had once been vice president.
Lu held a press conference regarding her election bid yesterday, in which former Premier Frank Hsieh and several Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators voiced their support for her.
The bid was announced in a speech titled "Restore the glory of the capital," in which Lu also noted that she felt Taipei's skies held the memories of her girlhood, referring to her school days at Taipei First Girls' High School.
Hsieh said he would be attending the promotion events of all DPP candidates, and that keeping harmony within all of them would be a new trend in the culture of local political elections.
National Taiwan University Hospital physician Ko Wen-je, another one of the DPP's prospective mayoral candidates, said that he would be following his own pace in response to Lu's election bid.
"Every (candidate) has his or her own path. The people will eventually have the last word regardless of who (is running in the elections)," said Ko.
Former Executive Yuan spokesman Hu Yu-wei mocked Lu's decision, saying that running against Lien Chan's son Sean Lien - who is known for his brawn - would be like a battle between "(Grandma) Emerald and the fat professional," criticising Lu's age compared to Lien's.
Lu simply replied that emeralds are valuable, and that age does not matter in elections. "Age means you have experience and wisdom, which is extremely valuable," she said.